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  • Actors: Tim Roth, Naomi Watts
  • Directors: Michael Haneke
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Kaleidoscope Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 5 April 2010
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002UTVNXW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,888 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In this exploration of our violent society and how depictions of violence reflect and shape our culture, a middle-class family submits both physically and mentally to the torture, violence, and death foisted upon them by two young, unexpected, white-gloved visitors at their vacation retreat near a lake.

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Michael Haneke is a modern master, which his spellbinding films Cache and The Piano Teacher proved to an international audience. When it came time for a Hollywood remake of his ultra-disturbing 1997 picture Funny Games, who better than Haneke himself to helm the new version? And indeed, the second Funny Games bears the impeccable sense of control and technique that the Austrian version had: it is a horrifyingly precise account of a family terrorized by two psychopathic young thugs at a vacation home. For anyone who's already seen the '97 film, this new one--a nearly shot-by-shot transcription of the original--will seem superfluous, no matter how impressive the performances of Naomi Watts and Tim Roth are. (Michael Pitt and Brady Corbet are suitably creepy as their menacers, too.) For newbies, the movie might be as infuriating and thought-provoking as Haneke intends it to be. That's because Funny Games is an intellectual game itself, a direct rebuke to the audience that gobbles up gratuitous violence and cynical manipulation. Haneke sets up our expectations, and then refuses to provide the conventional catharsis... or the conventional anything. All of this was pretty bracing in the first go-round, but feels like gamesmanship in the remake. Even if you dig what Haneke's up to, this is a brutal movie-watching experience. --Robert Horton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2.8 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Albatross on 1 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD
I first watched Funny Games (US) and enjoyed it (well, thought it was a film I'd like to watch again), so I bought it. However, half way through a second viewing, I decided I couldn't take any more and turned it off.

Some may say that's a sure sign that it's a bad movie. They may be right - even its star Tim Roth has since refused to watch it. The film is actually an American version (filmed shot for shot) of an Austrian `home invasion' movie and is supposed to be about `the nature of violence.' I didn't know this when I first watched it and just looked at it as a horrific film which was deliberately quirky.

It's about a family who get held hostage in their own (holiday) home by two nasty - yet annoyingly polite - young psychopaths. The first time I watched it I stuck with it and thought it was interesting/different enough to warrant a second viewing. I guess the reason I turned it off is because it was just too frustrating to watch. I practically wanted to jump into the TV armed with a chainsaw and... well, I won't give too much away.

If you don't know about the film, I won't spoil the `weirder' bits. It's definitely not a horror film, as there isn't much blood and gore (what there is happens off screen). It's more an experience in frustration making statements about the audience's desire to witness blood and gore on the big screen. Now, some may say that's a bit pretentious and, if you feel this way, this film probably isn't for you.

If you want to watch this - be prepared for the least `feel good' film ever made. It's not a horror and it's not a thriller. It's simply an exercise in watching. It's different enough to rise above a lot of its fellow genre films, but may not be everyone's cup of tea and is definitely hard to sit through.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fergus Steele on 1 Aug. 2014
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I don't get creeped or disturbed by ANY movies but this movie really unsettled me. Its an awesome film but i wouldnt watch it if everyone else is out the house. It doesnt rely on pure gory violence, it has a bit of that but its mainly the psychological parts of the film that get me. A true masterpiece
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Baz #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on 27 Mar. 2015
Format: DVD
I had an interest in this film mostly down to the cast members both Watts and Roth are well respected for good reason. This film does tackle quite a difficult topic but it does make for uncomfortable viewing at times, not due to on screen gore or graphic violence but there are elements of torture here.

George Farber (Tim Roth), his son Georgie (Devon Gearhart) and his wife Ann played by Naomi Watts are having a break at their lake house, they arrive and notice their neighbours apparently playing golf with two unknown young men (Peter and Paul played by Brady Corbet and Michael Pitt) We have hints something isn't quite right their friends look out of place and as the story unfolds we find out why that is. Plot wise this is quite simple the two young men are disturbed but clever they introduce themselves into the Farber family and what ensues is a desperate struggle to survive.

There is nothing new in a kidnap storyline, but this adds some sadistic and torture elements that won't sit well with some viewers. The ending isn't quite what you would expect either (not always a bad thing) but here I'm left with rather mixed feelings on the film overall. Both Watts and Roth play their parts well enough and the two younger men who are at the centre of the story are fairly convincing too the acting is good. There isn't anything obviously wrong directing and script are up to a good level. I think the problem is the story itself which leaves could leave a viewer "left in limbo" we have no explanation as to the motives of the two men (not even a hint), and there is no real sense of morality of any kind. Some film reviewers have described it as a toned down "hostel" ie torture for entertainment purposes.
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38 of 46 people found the following review helpful By I. E. Cooper on 14 Jan. 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Funny Games is a critique of violence in movies (and to a lesser extent reality) and how the audience
perceives it. Can we still be shocked or are we numb to it? Indeed,
consider this film to a big fat middle finger raised to the viewer. The
irony here is, if the `twist' does annoy you, then the film has
succeeded.

Both Haneke's 1997 and 2008 remake are identical, save for the english
language track and cast on the latter and his aim here is to test the
endurance of the viewer. Whilst we watch a family being mentally
tortured, the physical side of the nightmare is never completely shown. Instead Haneke craftily opts for this to take place off screen, or at least in very brief moments. He successfully cranks up the tension to
unbearable levels, constantly hinting that the worst is still to come.
All of this is deliberate of course, as when we finally witness the
family's long overdue and satisfying retribution, it is also the most
violent act of the film and yet completely and hypocritically, the most
acceptable.

It is at this point that Haneke LITERALLY rewinds the moment, taking
away all the postive feelings the viewer has and thrusting them straight
back into the nightmare. Now we realise just who has been the prey all
along and moreover, the villains of the film know it and address it.
Yes, they've been talking to you all along.

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